August 4, 2010

The many ways malware rips us off: Kaspersky Labs

The many ways malware rips us off: Kaspersky Labs

VentureBeat, By Dean Takahashi

There’s an easy way to get your computer infected with a virus. You can click on the free antivirus software offer in your email and download it. Or get on a free tech support service chat session where you ask a security expert about how to protect your computer. The tech support expert then gives you a file to click upon and clean your computer.

This kind of scam is around five years old, but it is becoming more and more sophisticated, according to a presentation given Tuesday in San Francisco by antivirus experts for Kaspersky Labs, a Moscow-based company whose software protects more than 300 million computers around the world. The presentation showed there are still plenty of things to worry about when it comes to protecting your computer from malware, or malicious software — a category that includes worms, viruses, and other hostile pieces of code.

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